Friday, March 1, 2013

Five for Friday!

Well that was a long week. Really, really long... Anyway, here's my five for Friday! Be sure to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching!
1. We're finishing up our unit on comic books! I love teaching comic books - especially at this age! It makes even the most struggling of my students feel successful in Writer's Workshop because it doesn't require a lot of writing. My little artists especially love this unit! 

Blurry... but this is my anchor chart for comic books. 
Some student work :) Love the sound effects in the first one! 
2. Anyone get the fun pep talk about the new PARCC exam coming to replace our MCAS soon? They scared me a little bit! So, I've made it my goal to increase the amount of "math talk" happening in my classroom. Through math journals as a morning job and partners for "math talk" time, this has been working out great! The PARCC exam (which they take in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades, but it's our job to get 'em ready!) has lots of questions focused on mathematical reasoning. This new routine has been a perfect way to encourage math talk and provide ways for me to quickly check my students' understandings of current and past math concepts through their journals. It has been SO fun! If you want to start math journals, check out my prompts for March here
Here's our anchor chart for "math talk"! 

3. I am in love with my new posters that I printed from Technology Rocks, Seriously. 
They really jazz up those yucky cabinets! :)
4. I might be a little obsessed with my dog, but it's okay, because she's really cute :) 
5. My kids used my Super Silly Sentence Sorts for one of their literacy centers this week. Oh my gosh, these were hilarious! My kids were dying to get to this center (for once!). They couldn't get enough. I may keep it as a morning choice :)

Happy Weekend! 


  1. Welcome to the teacher blogging world friend...I just started my blog back in January and getting ready to do my 100 (will 101 really) follower giveaway. I know it's kinda hard to start getting followers. Keep doing linky parties and giveaways if you have any yet. Let me know if you want to be a part of my giveaway to get your blog out in blog land a little more :)
    Kickin’ it in Kindergarten

    1. Hi Elizabeth! I Just went over to your blog and commented to add something to your awesome giveaway!

  2. Love your comic book unit! I've never even thought of that but I bet it motivates a lot of unmotivated readers and writers!

    Extra Special Teaching

    1. It definitely does! :) Thanks for coming by!

  3. Hi Sara!
    I too love your Comic Book anchor chart! My kids would love that!
    I am almost finished with my 5 for Friday post so be sure to stop on by! Happy to be your newest follower!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

    1. Thanks Julie! I just hopped over to your blog! :)

  4. I found your blog through a comment you left on Elizabeth's blog. I am your newest follower. I love the comic book idea! I was planning on doing a Mo Willems type writing unit with my little kinders at the end of the year for fun. I should incorporate comic books into it. Thanks for great idea! :)

    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

    1. Hi Amanda! I actually started my comic book unit when I taught kindergarten. I also did it at the end of the year and they LOVED it! Mo Willems books are perfect for this unit :)

  5. Replies
    1. Thank you, I love teaching this unit!